RESIDENTS are calling for a ban on drinking in public to try to stop rowdy behaviour in Mirfield.
Mirfield Area Committee will tonight discuss introducing a byelaw to make it illegal for people to drink outside in public.
Tourist areas such as Scarborough and York have brought in bans after residents became fed up with drunks staggering about the streets.
Eastthorpe Gardens in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, have been a target for youngsters.
And the area behind the Dusty Miller pub in Dunbottle Lane is said to have been blighted.
Local businesses have had their windows smashed and premises daubed with graffiti.
Mirfield Tory councillor Martyn Bolt said the potential byelaw sprang from a public meeting attended by 70 residents in the Dusty Miller.
He said: "The people want draconian action because of what appears to be a high level of anti-social behaviour.
"Gangs of youths sitting on street corners drinking was highlighted at the meeting."
Clr Bolt said it would need police to support the byelaw, as they would have to enforce it.
Byelaws have to be approved by Kirklees Council's Cabinet and the Secretary of State.
Hairdresser Mandy Tyas, of Huddersfield Road, said: "I would support the byelaw. Most people have experienced anti-social behaviour."
Tonight's meeting will be at 7pm in the Croft House Community Centre, Hopton Lane, Upper Hopton.